Thursday, June 6, 2013

Make A Doll Book ~ Crafts

It's hot here where we live, and we think that there's nothing like relaxing in the shade with a good book! Whether we're beginning a new book, or perusing an old classic, us dollies love to read! However, it's tough to find books our size, so we came up with our own and decided to share it with you.

 Supplies:
Paper
Binder Clips
Ruler
Paper Cutter
Mod Podge (this is just what we use)
Paintbrush
Cardstock
Glue Stick




Stack several pieces of paper together (make sure it's not more than your paper cutter can handle).  Try to make the edges as even as possible. Place binder clips on three sides to keep the papers still.

On one of the long sides, mark 2 1/2 inches from the edge.

Mark 2 1/2 inches from the first mark and repeat across the length of the paper.


Use your paper cutter to make a straight cut at the mark. Once the first piece is cut, place a new binder clip at the third edge.

You should end up with four slips of paper.

Mark 3 1/4 inches from the edge on the long side of one of the strips. Make a second mark 3 1/4  inches from the first.

Cut at each of the marks. Whenever you cut a piece, put a new clip at the newly cut edge.

You should now have two big sets of paper and one small one.

After cutting each of the four slips in the same way, you should have 8 big sets and 4 small ones.


Take two or more of the same size set (depending on how thick you want your book to be. I used 2-3 sets) and line them up at the lower edge.

Place a clip at the end.

Remove the extra clips. You can remove all clips at this step to make sure that all of the edges match up.

Place a clip on one long edge, then place two more as pictured.

Using a paintbrush, spread Mod Podge on the edge. You can spread it thickly.

Place two more clips on the glue edge as shown.

After the glue has dried, remove all clips. Measure the glued edge. (Mine was 3/8 inch)

Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches for a bigger book. For a smaller one, cut it 4 1/2 inches by 2 inches. Then make two marks about 3/8 inch apart in the middle of the piece.

Fold the cardstock at the two marks.

This creates the side of the book.

Spread Mod Podge in the crease. 

Place the set of papers inside the book cover, pressing the crease against the glued edge of the papers. (Sorry if this sounds confusing.)

Place two clips on the creased/glued edge of the cover to hold it still.
While the glue is drying, go online and find images of book covers. Save them, then print them out. Some will print right side up (the bottom three) and some will print sideways (the top two). The right side up ones will go on your larger books and the sideways ones will fit the smaller books. (This just so happened to work out for me!)

Cut out your book covers.

Glue them to the front of your books. You're finished! If you like (I didn't have time to do this) you can put quotes or the table of contents from the books in your miniature ones so that they have some writing in them. 



We love our new books, don't you?! Have fun making them, and if you do, we'd love to see pictures of your books! Send them to nostrella@gmail.com . Below are photos of us enjoying ours. :)










~ Rebecca and Kirsten

8 comments:

  1. What a fun idea! Thank you! Can't wait to try it out!

    Adollable Dolls

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  2. That is very cute! I want to make one too.

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  3. I have been trying to find out how to make realistic doll books for ages, and I think that I just found out how!:D

    I love your doll blog I have one too it is jloveadollblog.blogspot.com !!

    <3 Julie for Jlove

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    1. That's awesome!
      Thanks! I know, I follow you! :)

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  4. Cool! I love how they look so realistic!!! I made 2 of these and plan to make more! But instead of printing somthing out I cut pictures out of the AG catolog!

    Elly

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    1. Thank you! That's so cool! Oh, that's a great idea!

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial! They turned out super cute, and I can't wait to make more!

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm super excited to make these!

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